Our companies offer advanced manufacturing solutions, engineering and smart manufacturing processes

The Basque Country is ranked third largest producer in the European Union and its network of qualified suppliers is concentrated in a radius of less than 300Km.

One of the cornerstones of development in this sector is its firm commitment to innovation and technological development, which has led to the existence of specialised technology centres, for example INVEMA – Foundation for Machine Tool Research, and specialised training centres, such as IMH – Machine Tool Training and Innovation Institute.

Basque companies in the sector are in contact with producers in the most competitive sectors, such as the mineral extraction, automotive, aviation and space sectors. Their parts and solutions perforate the subsoil up to 15 Km., transport millions of passengers all over the world and generate energy in the most demanding conditions. They offer advanced manufacturing solutions, engineering and smart manufacturing processes.

On average, the Basque machine-tool sector exports more than 80% of the sector’s production to international markets and allocates around 5% of turnover to R&D&I.

Two characteristics define the Machine-Tool sector in the Basque Country:

its level of internationalisation
its innovative nature

AFM Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, The Spanish association of manufacturers of machine tools, accessories, parts and tooling, AFM, represents 90% of machine-tool and advanced manufacturing technology companies in Spain. From its headquarters in San Sebastian and its office in China (Tianjin), it works to promote internationalisation and the technological innovation of its member companies, through its INVEMA (Foundation for Machine Tool Research), technology unit.

Furthermore, AFM defends and represents the industry’s interests, fostering relations with institutions, professional associations and similar organisations and interbusiness relations in particular, offering a wide range of added value services to its members

ADDIMAT, the Spanish Association for Additive and 3D Manufacturing Technology, located in the Basque Country, brings together all stakeholders with interests in the development and promotion of additive and 3D manufacturing, and aims to promote business cooperation, creating networking opportunities between different market players. ADDIMAT already has 55 member companies.

Machine-Tool Biennial

The companies working in this sector produce all types of components for aeronautical, automotive companies, etc., producing over 2,000 machine models and a wide range of highly competitive products. These products are exhibited at the BIEMHMachine-Tool Biennial, one of the sector’s most important fairs in Europe.

DANOBAT GROUP (DANOBAT and SORALUCE) is one of the largest producers in the sector, a benchmark in the international arena, offering highly innovative technological solutions. It has 15 high level production plants that provide an efficient production model.

It also has its own Research and Development Centre, with 120 researchers and more than 30 doctors, aimed at specialised innovation and the creation of high tech machine-tool products.

DANOBAT GROUP is a cooperative, competitive, profitable and innovative group, and forms part of the Mondragon Corporation.

The most representative Basque companies in the sector are:

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